February 23, 2016
Garibaldi Provincial Park / Whistler, BC
Parkhurst Mountain is a smaller summit near Wedgemount Lake in the northern Garibaldi Provincial Park. The standard scramble route involves a somewhat hazardous (in early spring) or unpleasant (summer/fall) trudge up Parkhurst/Rethel col from the lake. The reason for that route is to avoid glacier travel, but for mountaineers the approach from Wedgemount Glacier to Wedge/Parkhurst col makes more sense. I did this peak simply as a bonus objective on top of my Wedge Mountain’s NE Arete trip. All of the approach and return are written in that trip report.
From Wedge/Parkhurst col it appeared tame in nature with only 160 m elevation gain according to my GPS. The steepest slope was actually right at the beginning. I could have ascended the snow covered boulders on climber’s left but that looked tedious and ugly. I opted for the steep snow slope on climber’s right. The slope wasn’t as steep as it looked and I managed to take a straight upwards line on my Lightning Ascents. Once the angle eased the rest of the ascent was nothing but a simple plod, although the views were improving as I gradually gaining height.
I didn’t linger too long on the summit as I still had my primary objective unfinished. The plunge was nice and fast and I made back to Wedge/Parkhurst col in no time, and then it’s time to turn my attention to Wedge Mountain’s NE Arete.